Howard University Fellow Partnership Update

We were thrilled to recently host Jada Appling, a Fellow from Howard University, through a partnership between Rebuilding Together and Howard University! Jada spent time with our staff, including in our Southwest Minnesota office, learning about how we are supporting low-income older adults and individuals living with disabilities so they can remain safe and independent in their own homes!

The purpose of this program is for occupational therapy student fellows to help Rural Housing Development Organizations (RHDOs) establish a strong foundation to deliver home repair/modification services in rural communities in a cost-effective and impactful manner. Students work with Howard faculty to provide tailored technical assistance and training using a variety of occupational therapy approaches to ensure that the delivered home modifications will improve the functionality and increase independence of the neighbors receiving these services. Howard University was the first HBCU (Historically Black Colleges/Universities) to offer an occupational therapy program, and is ranked among the Top 100 Best Occupational Therapy graduate programs according to the US World and News Report. Among its talented and renowned faculty, the occupational therapy department includes eight faculty members who are Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists.

Rebuilding Together’s Howard University Fellowship program was made possible through a Rural Capacity Building grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This is the second year that our national office, Rebuilding Together, Inc. has partnered with Howard University to offer occupational therapy students research fellowship opportunities in conjunction with developing the Rural Capacity Building (RCB) program. We are thankful for HUD’s commitment to affordable housing and community development activities in rural areas.

Jackson County Rebuilding Day Is Right Around the Corner!

Our Jackson County Rebuilding Day will be held on June 3, 2023! We plan to engage 35-40 volunteers to provide interior and exterior repairs for 4-5 families focused on ensuring the home is safe and healthy. For example, one of the homeowners we plan to assist is a low-income senior who has been told by her insurance company that they will discontinue her coverage if she does not replace her roof, a costly repair that she cannot afford on her fixed income.

Thanks to the sponsors who have already committed to supporting our Jackson County Rebuilding Day, including Odell Windfarm, Jackson Community Foundation, Federated Rural Electric Trust, Southwest Area Initiative, West Central Association of Realtors/Lee Porter, and Jackson Kiwanis.

If you are interested in volunteering or sponsoring our Jackson County Rebuilding Day, please contact Galen at

We Are Hiring!

We are hiring a full-time Construction Coordinator for the Twin Cities Metro!

The Construction Coordinator will work with our Program Manager to plan and oversee work on various programs and the related projects throughout the year. This will include planning the details of the project work scope through to final reporting. This role will also include hands-on supervision of volunteer individuals and/or team(s) on certain project days. The Construction Coordinator will perform home modification and repairs, post-work evaluations to ensure work is complete and well done, and coordinate any follow-up work needed. The Construction Coordinator will work as part of our team to increase our capacity, efficiency and quality of services.

The full position description is available HERE.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to The position will be open until filled.

Welcome to Josiah!

Please join us as we welcome our Southwest Construction Coordinator Josiah Bargen to the Rebuilding Together Team! Josiah is a trained teacher who grew up in a construction family with a father and two brothers who have continued to work in the business. He will help our Southwest Program Manager and AmeriCorps member with planning, managing, and completing home repair and accessibility modification projects in our Southwest Minnesota region. He said, “While I’ve picked up a few things over the years, I certainly hope to learn all I can from them (my family), as well as everyone at RTMN, as I pivot to making this my primary work! It is good to work with one’s head and one’s hands!” Josiah is also passionate about building bridges between urban and rural areas to foster understanding and connectedness. We are excited to have him on our team!